Do you love reading? Would you like to connect with women through the power of storytelling? If so, join this meetup group! We'll follow along with Reese Witherspoon's monthly book club picks and also pull from previous month’s picks to make it easier to get books from the library.
Each book is carefully selected by Reese herself, and is meant to showcase women authors and illuminate the unique prospectives we hold as women. Let's spark joy and inspire each other through the gift of storytelling and conversation!
We will meet the second Sunday of each month at Tartine in Redwood City.
This December, we'll be reading The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes!
Published last year, The Giver of Stars is about five women who traveled through the mountains of Kentucky to deliver books during the Great Depression. Based on the Pack Horse Library project, a creation of the Works Progress Administration, this book was Reese Witherspoon's pick for her book club in November 2019. Reese writes: “Her characters are so compelling...It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together, especially for these women who are completely bonded by their love of literature.”
Moyes is best known for her Me Before You series. The Giver of Stars may not be her most famous book, but it was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for best historical fiction book!
Here's some background information on Moyes's creative process from the Hello Sunshine site: https://hello-sunshine.com/post/jojo-moyes-shares-what-inspired-her-to-write-the-giver-of-stars
Also thought I'd share this article about a plagiarism allegation Moyes faced since it was one of the first results that came up when I Googled the book - curious what people think about the controversy! I haven't read the whole thing yet because I'm scared of spoilers!! https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomiobaro/jojo-moyes-the-giver-of-stars-kim-richardson-bookwoman-of
Regardless of this [small?] controversy, I'm excited to get into this book!
Here's our running list of books to read in future meetings. Let's keep this going!
- The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton (a Reese Witherspoon pick!)
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- Anxious People by Fredrik Backman